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NYT: A Leap Forward for Equality

HRC rings; Wedding bandsPost submitted by Dan Rafter, former HRC Associate Director of Communications

The New York Times notes Tuesday night’s historic victories for the LGBT community – and what it means for opponents of equality – in an editorial yesterday:

In a move that shows the shift in public opinion, voters in Maine and Maryland approved measures giving gay and lesbian couples the freedom to marry by decisive results. Early returns in Washington State also show that voters there have passed a same-sex marriage initiative. With these victories, opponents will no longer be able to argue that the movement for marriage equality is something imposed by radical judges and legislators, who are out of touch with the popular will.

…Even before these victories, the principle of fairness for gay people and their families has been gaining force in courts and statehouses. Half of Americans believe their states should recognize marriages of same-sex couples.

There is still much work to do to secure the freedom to marry in every jurisdiction and end the odious Defense of Marriage Act that bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages performed in places where it is legal. It is a moment for the opponents of civil rights for all Americans — including Congressional Republicans, who are still defending the marriage act in court — to decide whether they want to continue to stand against justice to court a dwindling share of voters.

HRC undertook the largest mobilization effort in our history to ensure 2012 was a year of milestones for our community. HRC and our energized supporters raised or contributed more than $20 million to re-elect President Obama and to advance marriage equality and other electoral priorities this cycle. Learn more about all of our efforts for equality.

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